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Olympic flame lit in Ancient Olympia

May 10, 2012 - Athens

The flame for the London 2012 Summer Games was lit on Thursday at the site of the first Olympics 2,800 years ago.

In front of the ancient ruins of the Temple of Hera, an actress playing as a high priestesses lit the Olympic flame by the rays of the sun in a parabolic mirror.

The flame-lighting ceremony was attended by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge and London Olympic chief Sebastian Coe.

The flame was handed over to the first torchbearer, Greek world swimming champion Spyros Gianniotis, marking the start of an 1,800-mile journey through the country featuring 490 torchbearers.

It will then be handed to London organizers on May 17 in Athens' Panathiaic Stadium.

The 70-day relay around Britain will start at Land's End on May 19 and end at the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Straford, east London on July 27. (Xinhua-ANI)


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